JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The 2019 Miss Arkansas pageant will air this Saturday, June 15, on KAIT ABC.
A total of 44 ladies will try and take home the crown of Miss Arkansas 2019 and compete 2020 Miss America Pageant.
The winner will be taking the crown from 2018′s winner, Region 8 native Claudia Raffo.
Region 8 is once again, well represented in this year's competition with:
- India Kuykendall from Blytheville
- Ellie Stafford from Jonesboro
- Madeline Adams from Jonesboro
- Ashley Ehrhart from Jonesboro
- Jacey Winn from Wynne
- Izzy Baughn from Jonesboro
- Alexis Ungerank from Mountain Home
- Sydney Wendfeldt from Mountain Home
- Reagan Wheelis from Melbourne
- Raegan Snell from Jonesboro
Miss Gateway to the Ozarks Whitney Williams won the Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent Award and Miss Arkansas State University Ellie Stafford won for the Social Impact in Evening Wear Preliminary Award on Wednesday, the opening night of the 82nd Annual Miss Arkansas Competition at Robinson Center in Little Rock.
For winning Talent, Williams received a $2,000 scholarship. Stafford will receive $1,500 scholarship for winning Evening Gown. Both scholarships were provided by the Stacey Utley.
Stafford’s social impact initiative was “Live To Give," which refers to her commitment to service for others. Stafford volunteers at school, sorority and community activities, including fundraising work for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She also helps recruit students as a Chancellor’s Ambassador, and serves as a Red Wolves Dancer in the support of the university.
Diana and Destiny will host a special Facebook live breakdown of the Miss Arkansas competition, and also look at the Miss Teen Arkansas competition as well. That Facebook live will be at Noon on Friday, on the Region 8 News Facebook page.
Miss Arkansas 2019 will air on KAIT ABC Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m.